Beyond Balance: outpatient opioid taper without pain increase is possible

Opioid policy debates are often framed in terms of balancing opioid risks with chronic pain relief. This assumes, not only that opioids provide long-term pain relief, but that opioids are necessary for pain relief. Based on our many years’ experience with successful opioid dose reduction in our structured multidisciplinary pain rehabilitation … [Read more...]

Good news for chronic nerve pain sufferers…but it could have been better

This post is a republishing of a recent article in The Conversation by Michael Vagg: The announcement on Friday last week that pregabalin (Lyrica) made it onto the Pharmacutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) is a huge relief for sufferers of chronic nerve pain. It also means that the true cost of providing appropriate care to chronic pain sufferers … [Read more...]

The Opioid Bank. It seems we are facing another global crisis!

Opioids. We all know what they are and that there are a lot of them going around, but it wasn’t until I was asked to write this blog on the information overloading review by Manchikanti and friends (2010) that I realised quite the extent. And to tell you the truth, it’s painfully scary! In a nutshell, well over half of the review pumped out … [Read more...]